Thank You NPT, For Getting Me Back On My Feet!

As physical therapists we take on a personal relationship with many of our patients. One very special patient, James, wanted to share his story. His courage and determination is an inspiration to everyone. To James, thank you so much for telling your story.

Letter from James:
I was a patient at Northern Physical Therapy back in 2010 after I broke my leg in two places, my hip in five places, and my tailbone, due to a motorcycle accident on June 27, 2010. I still have a titanium rod and screws in my leg.

I came to therapy in a wheelchair and it was a hard job trying to get back on my feet again. I started out rough but with the help of Susan Roemer, my physical therapist at NPT, I bounced back. Susan worked with me and gave me encouragement along the way. There were four reasons to get back on my feet again, and they were my wife and three children.

I started out at 210 pounds over a year ago and decided to lose the weight to attempt a 5k mud run. I accomplished this by losing over 55 pounds and I have done two 5k runs. I did not stop there as I had in mind to test myself even more by attempting a 12 mile tough-mudder event, which is a military grade style obstacle course with electric shock therapy at the end. My family and friends thought I was crazy but it did not stop me one bit. I trained hard and got the weight down and finished the race in three hours. I went back to NPT and asked Susan Roemer if she woud like to join me in yet another tough-mudder event. With a lot of persuasion, she said yes.

Susan and I gearing up for the race.

We achieved our goal on April 15, 2012, in just over 3 hours.

I am writing this because if you think you can not overcome something, you are wrong. I set goals for myself and achieved them, and some say I went beyond that. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could do it, and you can too.

So, THANK YOU NPT, for getting me back on my feet!

James Bissette

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